|Death: ||May 2, 1944|
South Carolina, USA
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Roy Richard Beard, Sr.
Roy served as a 2nd Lt., U.S. Army Air Force during World War II.
He resided in Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland prior to the war.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on February 5, 1943 in Miami Beach, Florida. He was noted as being employed as a Toolmaker and also as Single, without dependents.
Roy died in the "Line Of Duty" of training flight crash near Charleston, South Carolina during the war.
Service # O-717963
The Morning Herald, Hagerstown, Maryland, May 4, 1944
LOCAL AIRMAN IS KILLED IN CRASH
Second Lieut. Roy R. Beard, Jr. of Hagerstown, U.S. Army pilot, was killed in a crash near Charleston, S. C., according to word received yesterday morning by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Roy R. Beard, 902 Salem Avenue.
Young Beard had recently visited his home here upon completion of his course in flying at Westover, Mass., and had only returned to his base on April 20. He was transferred to Charleston on Saturday last, according to a letter received by his parents.
The local flier, who entered the Army Air Corps on February 3, 1943, had previously been employed in the machine shop at Fairchild Plant No. 1. He is a former resident of Mapleville and graduated with the 1940 class of the Boonsboro High School.
According to later word received through the Red Cross this morning, the entire crew of nine was killed in the crash.
He was a member of Grace United Brethren Church and of the Odd Fellows here.
Surviving besides his parents, are brother, Robert L., Hagerstown, and two sisters, Velva L. and Geraldine, both at home.
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The Morning Herald, Hagerstown, Maryland, May 8, 1944
The body of Lt. Roy Richard Beard, Jr., who was killed in a crash at the Charleston Army Air Field on Tuesday, was brought to the funeral home of A. K. Coffman on Sunday afternoon and will be removed to the late home, 902 Salem Avenue.
Services will be held at the Grace United Brethren Church, of which the deceased was a member, Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. G. I. Rider officiating, assisted by Rev. Dr. Ness.
Besides father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. Roy R. Beard, he is survived by two sisters, Geraldine and Belva, and brother, Robert L. Beard, all at home.
The service will be accorded full military honors, and interment will be made in Rest Haven Cemetery.
Rest Haven Cemetery
Created by: Russ Pickett
Record added: Mar 25, 2013
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